In 2005, four-time Indy 500 winner and 1967 Le Mans champion AJ Foyt was using a bulldozer on his farm when he disturbed a hive of killer bees. Super Tex was stung more than 200 times but survived because he's one of the toughest SOBs who has ever lived.
But the bees. The bees don't forget. They wanted to get revenge on Foyt for surviving. So they waited until Wednesday.
Once again, the 83-year-old Foyt was working on his farm when he thought he came across a honey bee nest. It wasn't. It was a nest of killer bees. So he drove away as quickly as he could until he thought he got away.
He hadn't gotten away.
"I got off the dozer and had about a block to walk to my truck when they came swarming down on me," . "I started running and made it to my truck and I got the windows down going about 60 mph trying to keep them off my face but they're stinging my eyes and my neck, and I'm glad I had a jacket on."
With his face nearly on fire, Foyt, ran out of his car, into his house, and stuck his face in ice water. He went to the hospital where it was determined this attack was worse than the one in 2005, spent the night until his vitals stabilized, and was back at his race shop on Thursday.
Foyt is now recovering at home, but unfortunately won't be able to attend the 12 Hours of Sebring this weekend and act as the Grand Marshall or receive his induction into the motorsports hall of fame.
"I look like I fought Mike Tyson and lost," Foyt told Racer.
But the bees are a little worse off. Foyt wasn't just going to let this attack go. Something needed to be done about the bees. So they got 15 gallons of diesel fuel, poured it on the hive, and, in the words of one of America's greatest ever race car drivers, "set those bastards on fire."
Foyt won't have to worry about killer bees for a while. And killer bees will need to think twice before messing with Super Tex